When I was an impressionable teenager, the horror film from 1986 "Witchboard" scared the bejesus out of me. Viewing it now on Blu-ray in 2014 is a whole different affair. Kevin Tenney’s simple story of a possessed Ouija board offers a palatable character study of friends caught in a love triangle.
"Never play it alone!" is one of "Witchboard’s" many taglines, but this is just what Linda (Tawny Kitaen) does after her ex-lover (Stephen Nichols, "Days of Our Lives") introduces her to a Ouija board supposedly possessed by the spirit of a dead boy named David. Todd Allen ("Django Unchained") plays Linda’s skeptical current boyfriend, even though Linda starts displaying untypical behavior (swearing) and has violent outbursts.
"Witchboard" has more dialogue between characters than your average horror film, and this is to the movie’s advantage. Yeah, there’s a special effect thrown in here and there, but part of the fun of "Witchboard" involves watching how bad an actress Kitaen is, and waiting for the next false scare to get thrown at the audience.
Director and writer Kevin Tenney is featured in a 45-minute new documentary and Shout Factory once again treats "Witchboard" with more respect than any current film. Many of the Blu-ray’s other segmented special features are on-set documentaries filmed back in 1986. They all become a bit redundant after a while, but the disc features over two hours of bonus material, making it one of Shout Factory’s most enjoyable Blu-rays to date.
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